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HUMAN WASTE CONTAMINATION AT HUTS AND CAMPSITES IN THE BACK COUNTRY OF TASMANIA

By Kerry Bridle, Jamie Kirkpatrick and Julie von Platen
HUMAN WASTE CONTAMINATION AT HUTS AND CAMPSITES IN THE BACK COUNTRY OF TASMANIA
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The introduction of a minimal impact bushwalking (MIB) education campaign has alerted walkers to preferred behavioural practices in natural environments. However, despite the introduction of this campaign in Tasmania in 1987, there are still issues relating to visitor impact in back-country environments. The impact of visitors on the natural environment is often measured in terms of vegetation loss or track erosion. Impacts dealing with water quality issues have also been researched to a lesser degree. However, despite the visual impact of inadequately buried human faeces at campsites, there has been very little work done on the extent of this ...Read more
The introduction of a minimal impact bushwalking (MIB) education campaign has alerted walkers to preferred behavioural practices in natural environments. However, despite the introduction of this campaign in Tasmania in 1987, there are still issues relating to visitor impact in back-country environments. The impact of visitors on the natural environment is often measured in terms of vegetation loss or track erosion. Impacts dealing with water quality issues have also been researched to a lesser degree. However, despite the visual impact of inadequately buried human faeces at campsites, there has been very little work done on the extent of this problem, and on associated health risks. Reduce

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In 2008/09, $671 million was spent by visitors in the region - 71% was by domestic overnight visitors.